Over 1 million Nigerians live in the UK
03 May 2013, 10:06
Ikeja - The Mayor of Brent Borough in London, Michael Adeyeye, said no fewer than one million Nigerians were officially living in the United Kingdom and had contributed to the development of the country.
Adeyeye, a Nigerian-born, made the call in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos.
NAN reports that Adeyeye had earlier led a delegation to pay a courtesy visit on Lagos State governor, Mr Babatunde Fashola in his office.
He added that in spite of the image problem the country had suffered over the years, Nigerians abroad had continued to excel in their various endeavours.
The mayor urged Nigerians to believe more in the unity of the country, saying greater dedication to nation building would help propel the country to greater heights.
"They say Nigeria doesn't have a good name abroad. That may be partly true but I, and some other outstanding citizens, are evident that Nigerians are doing well in their chosen resident countries.
"I was voted mayor of Brent in 2012, and there are two other Nigerians who are currently mayors in the UK .This obviously attest to the fact that good things can actually come out of Nigeria.
"What we need to do as Nigerians is to believe more in ourselves and our nation. We should protect the unity of the country and pursue efforts that could propel her to greater heights," he said.
Adeyeye, however, advised Nigerian media practitioners to ensure their write-ups portrayed the country in good light.
"Nigerian journalists enjoy writing mostly negative things about the country and we, the nationals in the Diaspora are fed up with this.
"I believe there are so many good things about the country, and we expect the media to always project and celebrate some of these positive things and not things that give us a bad name.
"Nigeria is actually one of the best countries in the world. And the country and her citizens, wherever they are, will get the deserved respect, if it is always portrayed in good light," he said.
Earlier, the Mayor of London, Mr Gifford Rogers, told Fashola that the delegation came to Lagos to strengthen the long-standing bilateral ties between the state and the city of London.
Rogers said Lagos was strategic to the present and future development of the city of London, adding that London was willing to initiate and pursue efforts of mutual developmental interests of the two cities.
Fashola thanked the delegation for visiting the state, adding that the meeting would help advance issues of mutual interest to both cities.
The governor said the state was ready to learn and tap from the experience of London to develop its infrastructure and critical sectors, including transportation, education and others.